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RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Last yr, after a lengthy hole of half-a-century, the well-known Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham discovered a individual eligible to honour with the celebrated ‘Darshana Alankara’ title. It was Viswanatha Gopalakrishna Sastry, an knowledgeable in explaining the that means of Vedas and decoding them aptly. This Maha Mahopadhyaya was additionally honoured by President of India Ram Nath Kovind on April 4, 2019.
The life mission of this septuagenarian scholar is to preserve and propagate Vedic knowledge to profit posterity. Gopalakrishna Sastry now runs Vedic lessons, particularly Tarka Vyakaranam and Veda Bhashyam, on-line from his residence at Tummalava space in Rajamahendravaram.
“Vedas are the guides for righteous life. They provide guidance and direction. Preserving the Vedas is not the duty of one particular caste, Brahmins. It is the duty and responsibility of every varga of the Hindu society. For that matter, Vedic period is the golden age for the entire humanity,” he says. According to Gopalakrishna, anyone who has obtained upanayanam (sacred thread ceremony) is eligible to be taught Vedas.
Gopalakrishna wields wonderful command on logic (tarka), grammar (vyakarana) and interpretation (Veda Bashyam). He had served because the principal of SGVP Oriental College. In the final 50 years, he had participated in innumerable yagnas held in numerous elements of the nation. One of the rarest alternatives for a Vedic scholar is to preside over the celebrated Veda Sabha in Varanasi. He obtained this chance in 2019. What extra? He is the chief examiner for all of the Vedic exams performed in India.
Born in a realized household of Vedic students in 1949, Gopalakrishna studied Vedas and Sanskrit beneath famous Vedic students Lanka Narasimha Sastry, Peri Venkateswara Sastry, Peri Suryanarayana Sastry, Goda Subramanyam Sastry, Rani Narasimha Sastry and Remilla Surya Prakash Sastry for over 12 years. He is a gold medallist in Sanskrit from Andhra University.
Gopalakrishna mooted the thought of incorporating the safety and promotion of Vedas within the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He requested the Narendra Modi authorities to usher in a legislation to this impact. He says public sector giants comparable to ONGC and GAIL ought to grow to be a a part of the initiative to protect Vedic knowledge. “Protecting the Vedas is more meaningful than sponsoring cricket,” he opines.
He by no means hesitates to reward the efforts of others for selling Vedic knowledge. He lauded the efforts of spiritual establishments comparable to Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) for his or her efforts to promote Vedas and Sanskrit and likewise help Vedic students. Jeeyar Educational Trust has been doing a wonderful job by educating sastras to non-Brahmins.
Former DGP Aravind Rao is doing a marvellous job by educating sastras on-line, he says. Stating that recitation is extra essential in studying Vedas, he mentioned pronunciation is extra clear in twin Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts. This area is at present residence to about 400 Vedic students.
Uniqueness of Guru-Sishya bond
Several outstanding personalities after their retirement grew to become his sishyas of their endeavour to discover the essence of Vedas. A girl from Tamil Nadu got here all the best way to Rajamahendravaram to solely be taught Tarka Sastra. A retired IFS officer P Ravikumar has additionally studied Vedas beneath Gopalakrishna. A number of techies from reputed IT corporations additionally studied Vedas beneath him.
‘Vedas are our true wealth’
“The wealth of our country truly lies in our Vedic knowledge and not elsewhere. No matter how far India progresses in the achievement of material wealth, the one field it has no competitors is Vedas and Vedic culture. The spiritual culture is the best and finest of Indian wealth,” he says, insisting that the federal government ought to deal with it as its main responsibility to protect the Vedas.